Help stop the buildout of harmful carbon capture and storage projects

What's At Stake

The government is greenlighting carbon capture and storage projects that will perpetuate fossil fuel pollution that is harming communities and driving the climate crisis — and it’s proposing to give oversight of those projects to some of the most fossil fuel-friendly states. Urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain federal oversight over emerging carbon capture injection technology. 

Carbon capture technologies are intended to capture carbon emissions from fossil-fueled power plants and industrial facilities. The carbon is then injected underground in carbon waste injection wells, repurposed to extract more polluting fossil fuels, or reused in products. The fossil fuel industry champions carbon capture as a way to keep burning coal and gas with a supposedly smaller climate impact.  

But burying carbon underground doesn’t make its environmental impact go away. The risks from injecting it include earthquakes, drinking water contamination, and releases of concentrated CO2 that can send people to the hospital.

The federal government is responsible for regulating carbon injection wells, but currently it’s proposing to hand over that authority to fossil fuel-friendly states like Louisiana — which could open the door for other petro-states like Texas and West Virginia to apply for primary authority to dictate how to regulate (or not regulate) how carbon dioxide waste is injected and stored underneath their state’s soil. 

With your help, we can ensure that strong safeguards are in place that prioritize environmental justice review and that the federal government maintains oversight over the emerging technology of carbon waste injection wells.

A massive buildout of these carbon storage projects should not cause further harm to the land, water, and communities at the hands of the oil and gas industry. Tell the EPA there needs to be strong oversight over the rapid buildout of carbon waste injection wells and that rules are implemented to ensure that communities are protected. 

Employees work on a section of the Mississippi Power Co. carbon capture plant in DeKalb, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis / AP)
Employees work on a section of the Mississippi Power Co. carbon capture plant in DeKalb, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis / AP)

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